If I had a dollar for every time a Sarah Palin supporter accused me of not taking her seriously because I’m jealous of attractive women who’ve combined powerful careers with large families, I’d be in another tax bracket, one that might encourage me to vote for Ron Paul.

Now Michele Bachmann just might shut that crowd up.

She’s another attractive conservative mom, and guess what? A whole lot of people, including me, are taking her seriously.

Sure, if you’re a progressive, she’s scary. She’s on record comparing the gay and lesbian lifestyle to bondage; she also claims there are “hundreds and hundreds of scientists, many of them holding Nobel Prizes, who believe in ‘intelligent design.'”

But despite what “Saturday Night Live” thinks, she knows which camera to look at when she’s on TV. She also hasn’t resigned from public office in order to raise her public profile. As much as it pains me to say it, she’s articulate and disciplined. She seems like an adult. These aren’t traits we necessarily associate with Palin.

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